At least once a day I visit eBay and scan for cars from 1900 to 1937. Over the years there have been a lot of interesting cars for sale and lots of good photos. It is like reading a book about old cars. I don't look at all the cars, just the ones that are new and different and interesting.
Here is a 1927 Pierce Arrow for sale that has lots of interesting photos, not only of the top sides but the engine and underneath the car. One can see why this car sold for 20 times the cost of a Model T.
Wow, nice car, but why does this 6cyl engine have a 12cyl distributor ?? I don't see dual spark plugs. Would this be for dual sparking the plugs ??
It has two spark plugs per cylinder, one on each side of the center spark wire cover.
Most surviving Pierce Arrow cars have the headlights built into the front of the fender.
That was an option, but you almost never see one with the standard headlights like this one has.
Isn't that a gorgeous thing? If only I had lots of dough and lots of space.
Pierce was one of the first cars to have the headlights built into the fenders, like this.
I wonder if the car for sale was originally sold in New York. I believe I've read that they had a law requiring separate drum headlights, so cars sold there couldn't have the built-in lights.
Ok, Jim, I see them now, judging by the dist.cao, they didn't spark at the same time.
Here is another one for sale on December 29th. It belongs to a friend of mine and is currently stored in my garage, awaiting the auction. A photo of it is on this sale bill. 1927 Pierce Arrow. See the sale bill here. This one has different headlights.
Truly a magnificent restoration.
I believe those were called Manhattan lights? I to heard that the headlights in the fenders was not allowed in NY.
It looks a whole lot better then my Pierce Arrow. There was a sawmill on my property about 1950 and I believe that they used a Pierce Arrow motor in the sawmill. There is still crowl laying around and a rusted out hood. My garden is where the sawmill was and I still find odd parts, one year I hit and dug out a whole transmission when tilling. I identified the make when I found the accelerator peddle and it had Pierce Arrow on it.
And everything works except the clock :-)
Pierce was manufactured in Buffalo New York. The headlights were certainly legal in New York!
Yes, they are called City or Manhattan lights. Even though Pierce Arrows were built in New York State, their headlights weren't legal in New York City. They were also offered as an option to those people who did not want the standard fender headlights which Pierce Arrow became known for in 1914.
Here's something to think about when you drive on a two lane at night: